crassula muscosa variegata prefers bright light but tolerates moderate shade. It is an easy to care for plant that can be grown indoors.
Most succulents will grow best in soil with excellent drainage. Soil should be gritty, slightly acidic, and high in organic matter. Never allow the soil to dry out completely – it should be kept evenly moist. It thrives in temperatures above 40 degrees F and can survive cold down to about 20 degrees F. When growing them outdoors, they should be protected from afternoon sun in the hottest climates
The plants are generally slow-growing, but you may notice some leaf dropping if conditions aren’t ideal. This is more of a problem with species than with the variegated variety. The leaves are edible and can be used in salads or cooked. They have a tangy, sour flavor.
Plants may be propagated by division, cuttings, leaf or stem sections, or seeds. When propagating from seed treat them as annuals as they usually do not come true to seed. It is a very fast grower, so if you are interested in growing it as a houseplant be sure to give it enough space.
Crassula mucosa variegata is tolerant of quite adverse conditions yet easy to please with excellent drainage and light. I especially like the look of this plant in mass or used as living “filler” in containers or rock gardens.
How to propagate crassula muscosa variegata?
You can propagate crassula muscosa variegata by layering the stems. Simply bend a healthy stem down to touch the soil and keep it there for a couple of weeks (make sure that your stem is buried under the soil). Then place your pot in a propagating case or bag and put it in a warm, moist place. Roots will begin to form and eventually your new plant will grow.
Crassula muscosa variegata can be propagated either by seeds or cuttings.
How to propagate crassula muscosa variegata from seeds?
This succulent plant can be easily propagated from seed. Just take and press the seeds into a well-drained soil mix (one part peat moss, one part perlite). Keep the soil lightly moist until the seeds sprout. Succulents will typically germinate in 1-3 weeks. The seedlings can be put into individual pots once they grow large enough to handle. Water them during their first growing season sparingly and remove any dead leaves for a clean look when you water or fertilize.
How to propagate crassula muscosa variegata from cuttings?
Take a cutting of the plant (3 to 6 inches long) with at least 2 sets of leaves and strip each leaf set off its stem. Place the stem in a glass of water so that the leaves are completely submerged then place them in a bright, warm area. Keep them moist and watch them grow!
How to care for crassula muscosa variegata
Crassula muscosa variegata is a succulent from the family of Crassulaceae, native to South Africa. It is an extremely easy plant to grow that thrives in many different situations.
Crassula muscosa variegata has been known to survive in full sun for long periods of time. It adapts to the light and doesn’t burn as easily as other plants, therefore it is a great houseplant, particularly for beginners.
Crassula muscosa variegata has very small water needs. In fact, its soil should be allowed to dry completely between watering. The only time you should water is when the soil is completely dry, and you can see that all of the potting media has dried out.
Crassula muscosa variegata grows well in a variety of temperatures ranging from 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius). This means it does not do well in cold environments. However, it can withstand temperatures above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) for short periods of time.
Crassula muscosa variegata grows well in any type of soil that drains well and is not too wet or too dry. When planting this plant, make sure you mix the potting medium with a small amount of sand to ensure proper drainage.
Crassula muscosa variegata does not require much fertilizer. However, if you want to give it a little boost, feed it with any well-balanced liquid or granular fertilizer for houseplants every couple of months.
Like most succulent plants, crassula muscosa variegata is generally not pruned. However, if you want to trim the stems of this plant back a little bit or keep it a certain shape, do so anytime.
Pests and diseases
Crassula muscosa variegata is very pest resistant, even though pests may occur. If you do have an infestation of mealybugs or scale, use neem oil to kill them off. For other pests that affect this plant, use organic pest control products.
Crassula muscosa variegata is susceptible to a couple of diseases. The most common one that affects this plant is powdery mildew, which will show up as white or grayish patches on the leaves. To prevent powdery mildew, make sure that you plant your crassula in well-drained soil. If you have powdery mildew, spray your plant with Mancozeb.